Packing & Unpacking

Packing and Unpacking Icon Have us do it all. Do it all yourself.
Or anything in between.

Packing and unpacking may seem like the most obvious part about moving. After all, it’s just putting things in boxes and then taking them out, right?

Not quite. Our professional movers have the training and techniques necessary to ensure that your belongings get where they’re going safely and economically (properly packed boxes save money by eliminating damage and making loading efficient).

We can offer you help packing and unpacking at any level:

  • Need everything packed up safely and professionally? We’ll get it all; even the lint in your drawers if you want.
  • Just nervous about that 80 inch plasma screen and art collection? We can take care of it by building custom crates for transport. And if you want, you can take care of the rest.
  • Feel like you can do it all with the right info? Great. Check out all our packing tips and videos so you can do it yourself the right way.


Of course, the same goes for once you arrive at your new home. We can unpack everything and set it up exactly where you want. Or, we can just unload the boxes in the correct rooms. Using our Photo Perfect Packing™ service you can even have your new home set-up identically to your old home. Yep, down to the last detail. Your remote will be on the coffee table in its exact same spot.  We can also get our Feng Shui master out to consult with you, followed by our eco-cleaning professional partners, followed by our home organizing partners.

Boxes. Save Money. Save Resources.

You can get your boxes from NorthStar Moving, saving 50% off the cost of a new box while saving resources in the process. Here’s how it works: All of our moving boxes are made of 100% recycled materials. After you use them, we take them back and give you 25% back off the original cost. We inspect them for quality, sort and re-stock them, turn them into office materials for our headquarters, or use them to make new boxes.

Want to save more?

We offer used recycled moving boxes to our clients for a 25% discount off the price of a recycled moving box. Yep, if you give it back to us, you’ll get that other 25%, too.

So how many do you need?

Use the chart below to help you get an idea. (Keep in mind, the longer you’ve lived in your home, the more stuff you will have accumulated.)

Type of Dwelling

Approx. No. of Boxes

10 – 20
1 Bedroom Apartment
20 – 35
2 Bedroom Apartment
25 – 40
2 Bedroom House
25 – 45
3 Bedroom House
30 – 55
4 Bedroom House
40 – 65

Note: The amount/size of your unique belongings will determine the final number of boxes you’ll require.

Not all boxes are alike.

Here’s what they’re called and what they do:




Book Box (1½ cft)

Good for small items or for packing books and magazines

16” x 12” x 12”

Medium Box (3 cft)

Good for toys, clothes, shoes etc.

18” x 18” x 16”

Linen Box (4½ cft)

Good for bed sheets, pillow covers, blankets, Towels etc.

18” x 18” x 24”

Dish Pack (5.1 cft)

A corrugated box, good for fragile items such as: dishes, glasses, vases etc.

18” x 18” x 27”

Lamp box (3.3 cft) Special box for any size of lamps from table lamp to floor lamps. 12” x 12” x 40”
King /Queen Mattress Box Special box for mattress or box spring (Adjustable to fit either Queen or King Size) 84” x 35″ x 7”
Regular Mirror / Picture Box A corrugated box specially made for packing pictures and mirrors. 37” x 26″ x 4”
Large Mirror / Picture Box A corrugated box specially made for packing pictures and mirrors. 48″ x 32” x 4″

Wardrobe Box (10 cft)

A box with a hang bar for dresses, coats, jackets etc.

20” x 19” x 45”


If you have any questions on how to pack,
Call us at (800) ASK-PROS.